Lambert: Saints can’t ease off

first_img But 31-year-old Lambert knows Saints need to maintain their form if they are to mix it with the big boys at the business end of the campaign. “A good start is important to any team in any season, but just because we’ve done well doesn’t necessarily mean we can lay off a little bit,” he said. “We’ll be trying to improve because we know the teams around us in the league are going to pick up points so it’s going to get harder to stay where we are, but we’re confident we can do it. “It’s very nice [to be fourth], so let’s try to stay there now. It’s early doors, so we’ve got to take our start into the rest of the season and push on so we can stay there.” The goals came in the opening four minutes of the second half as club-record signing Osvaldo finally opened his account for the club and Lambert then curled home a superb free-kick. Lambert believes it will do the former Roma forward the world of good to break his duck. “Dani did terrifically for his goal,” he said. “He’s hit it, got it on target and it’s gone in the back of the net. That’s what happens when you take your chances, and that’ll obviously give him the confidence he needs – and it gave the team confidence to go on and get another goal.” Rickie Lambert has hailed Southampton’s fine start to the new season but has stressed that they must continue to improve if they are to finish anywhere near their current fourth-place spot. Press Associationcenter_img The England international scored the hosts’ second goal in a routine 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at St Mary’s on Saturday, just two minutes after strike partner Dani Osvaldo grabbed his first Saints goal. The win lifted Mauricio Pochettino’s side into the Champions League qualification places, leapfrogging the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton in the process. last_img read more

Beat writers predict outcome of SU’s final regular season game against Pittsburgh

first_imgSyracuse (4-7, 2-5 atlantic Coast) goes down to Heinz Field for its last game of the season against Pittsburgh (7-4, 4-3) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Orange is coming off a 45-14 beat down by Florida State, while the Panthers won, 56-14, over Duke.Tomer Langer (5-3)Squeezed outPittsburgh 34, Syracuse 14With some spots still open, Syracuse still has a chance to make a bowl game if it makes to five wins, but it’s unlikely that’ll happen. Overall, head coach Dino Babers’ first year went about as expected. The biggest question mark now is the health of quarterback Eric Dungey. SU has been banged up a lot this year, especially down the stretch, and a lot of other key players missed games. But, assuming Dungey doesn’t play, this will be the second straight season he misses the last several games with some sort of “upper-body injury.” And the only thing that’s maybe even more concerning than his injuries is to what lengths the team’s gone to try to conceal it.Chris Libonati (8-3)On the prowlPittsburgh 38, Syracuse 17I had Syracuse as a 5-7 team at the beginning of the season, and I stand by my thinking that SU would have gotten there had Eric Dungey not gotten hurt. But the reality is that he did. Pitt’s biggest weakness is its pass defense, and I’m just not sure that Zack Mahoney has enough tools to take advantage of that. The Orange doesn’t get its fifth win and narrowly misses a bowl game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJon Mettus (8-3)Hail 2 PittPittsburgh 48, Syracuse 14Babers’ first year will come to an end Saturday with a loss to Pittsburgh. Because of the win over Virginia Tech and 4-4 record at one point, it’ll be a disappointment when the Orange misses a bowl game. But remember, at 4-8 SU is exactly where we (or at least I) expected it to be. SU has dealt with massive injuries on both sides of the ball yet still made progress. Get ready for the fun part: Year 2. Comments Published on November 25, 2016 at 10:33 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more